HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 286-41, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) Application for the registration of a vehicle
shall be made upon the appropriate form furnished by the director of finance
and shall [
contain] include but not be limited to the name,
occupation, [ and] address of residence, driver's license number,
phone number, and emergency contacts of the owner and legal owner; and, if
the applicant is a member of the United States naval or military forces, the
applicant shall give the organization and station. All applications shall also contain a
description of the vehicle, including the name of the maker, the type of fuel
for the use of which it is adapted (e.g., gasoline, diesel oil, liquefied
petroleum gas), the serial or motor number, and the date first sold by the
manufacturer or dealer, and such further description of the vehicle as is
called for in the form, and such other information as may be required by the
director of finance, to establish legal ownership. A person applying for initial registration of
a neighborhood electric vehicle shall certify in writing that a notice of the
operational restrictions applying to the vehicle as provided in section
291C-134 are contained on a permanent notice attached to or painted on the
vehicle in a location that is in clear view of the driver."
SECTION 2. Section 290-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Disposition by counties of certain abandoned vehicles[
fines. (a) The counties shall cause vehicles that have
been abandoned to be taken into custody within ten business days of
abandonment. For the purposes of this
subsection, a vehicle is "abandoned" if it is defined to be abandoned
by an ordinance of the county in which the vehicle is located. In the absence of such an ordinance, a
vehicle is "abandoned" if it is left unattended for a continuous
period of more than twenty-four hours and it is unlawfully parked on any public
highway or other public property or private lands defined as a setback, shoulder,
easement, or right of way that is adjacent to or part of a public highway. The mayors of the several counties may
designate an agency within their counties to carry out the functions and
requirements of this section. For the
purposes of this subsection, "agency" means any office, department,
or other governmental unit of the county.
(c) At the request of the landowner, a county may cause vehicles to be taken into custody and disposed of that have been abandoned on roads for which dedication to the State or county is pending. For purposes of this subsection, a vehicle is deemed abandoned if it is left unattended for a continuous period of more than twenty-four hours after a notice is conspicuously posted on the vehicle stating that the vehicle is subject to disposal pursuant to this subsection.
(d) The counties may assess a fine of $1,000 against the legal or registered owner of a vehicle that is deemed abandoned pursuant to this section. The fines collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited into the general fund of the county that collected the fine."
SECTION 3. Section 290-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Repossession by person entitled.
Any] Subject to the requirements set forth in section 290-2,
any person entitled to the vehicle may repossess the same prior to the date
of public auction upon payment of all towing, handling, storage, appraisal,
advertising, and any other expenses incurred in connection with the vehicle[ .],
including the fine pursuant to section 290-1(d); provided that if the person
claiming the vehicle is the legal or registered owner, the person shall show
proof of an up-to-date motor vehicle registration pursuant to section 286-41
and up-to-date motor vehicle insurance coverage prior to repossession. If the person claiming the vehicle is not the
legal or registered owner, the person may repossess the vehicle upon paying the
foregoing expenses and posting adequate security not to exceed the value of the
vehicle. The security, if not forfeited,
shall be returned two years from receipt."
SECTION 4. No later than July 1, 2021, the department of transportation shall implement a database of record that shall link the requested personal information with the information for driver's licenses, motor vehicle registration, county and state traffic citation division, and motor vehicle control.
SECTION 5. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Abandoned Vehicles; Motor Vehicle Registration; Fines
Requires an application for motor vehicle registration to include additional identifying information. Authorizes the counties to assess a fine against the legal or registered owner of a vehicle deemed abandoned. Requires the legal or registered owner to have up-to-date motor vehicle registration and motor vehicle insurance prior to repossession of the abandoned vehicle. Requires DOT to implement records database linking driver's license, motor vehicle registration, traffic citation divisions, and motor vehicle control. (HB1234 HD1)
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